Session Halfway Point Reached -
A couple wins, a couple defeats and a draw
March 6, 2013
The Indiana General Assembly session has reached the halfway point and AIA Indiana has had a few victories (Good Samaritan, Mass Transit, amended out of the ERASER bill), a couple defeats (Construction Manager as Constructor and historic preservation tax credit), and a draw (guaranteed energy savings contracts). The session is scheduled to conclude April 29, 2013. Detailed information regarding the aforementioned issues are explained below.
(L-R) Brandon Farley, AIA, Ben McGhee, Assoc. AIA, Michela Cupello, Assoc. AIA, Rob Bray, AIA
HB 1011 - public mass transportation, authored by Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), and co-authored by Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis), Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), and Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote count of 56-39. It will now be debated in the Senate.
(L-R) Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Tad Lupton, AIA, and Lesa Dietrick, Ice Miller/AIA Indiana lobbyist
HB 1011 would create in Central Indiana a nine-county transit district and allow ballot questions in Marion and Hamilton counties on whether to raise local income taxes to help fund increased mass transit options. CLICK HERE to view a mass transit issue brief.
Your help is needed on this issue. Please contact your state senator and ask them to support HB 1011.
State Senate Phone - 800/382-9467
Email - CLICK HERE
HB 1027 - Good Samaritan Provisions for the Architectural Profession, authored by Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), provides civil immunity to a registered architect or professional engineer who provides, without compensation, professional services related to a declared emergency. The bill passed out of the House with a vote count of 93-0. The bill will now move on to the Senate for consideration. Senate sponsors are Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson). CLICK HERE to view an AIA Good Samaritan Provisions for Architects Issue Brief.
SB 520 - ERASER, creates the Eliminate, Reduce, and Streamline Employee Regulation (ERASER) Committee to study professional licensing in Indiana and creates a five-year cycle for sunsetting professional licenses. The bill, authored by Sen. Randy Head (R- Logansport) and a part of Gov. Pence's legislative agenda, requires the ERASER Committee to review license registration on a five-year cycle and issue a report to the General Assembly. Unless the General Assembly takes action to retain the licenses, they will be terminated.
AIA Indiana lobbyists worked hard and were able to get the architecture profession amended out of the bill. Without that amendment architect licenses would have been evaluated and then terminated July 1, 2014 unless the General Assembly passed legislation in the 2014 session to retain the licenses.
SB 520 passed out of the Senate and will now be debated in House. AIA Indiana will continue to closely monitor this legislation as it moves through the process.
(L-R) Brandon Farley, AIA and Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood)
HB 1207 - Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), authored by Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette), would allow public higher education institutions the option to use CMc. The bill was heard in the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee but no vote was taken. Interested parties were unable to come to an agreement on multiple issues proposed in the bill. HB 1207 is dead for this session.
CMc is a statutory framework and process where a governmental entity is authorized to enter into a contract with a constructor soon after engaging a design professional and before the design process has moved forward. This structure encourages early collaboration and interactions between design professionals and construction experts which should add efficiencies and value to projects. Efficiencies and added value, as follows, are particularly important in the context of publicly-funded projects. AIA Indiana supports the adoption of a CMc statute and will continue to pursue successful passage of it into law.
HB 1036 - guaranteed energy savings contracts, authored by Rep. Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville), allows a licensed architect to enter into a guaranteed energy savings contract with a local unit of government. Currently, only licensed engineers can be providers. The bill was heard in the House Local Government Committee and AIA Indiana testified in favor of the bill. No vote was taken on the bill and interested parties agreed to work on this issue post-session in an effort to reach a compromise. This proposal will likely be brought forward again in the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues.